Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Science Degree

A four-year degree program open to undergraduate students. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc).

Learning options

Full-time or part-time
Full-time and part-time study is available.

On-campus
The degree program is offered on the main campus of TRU in Kamloops.

Program start dates
Students may enter the program in fall, winter or summer semester.

Distance education
Many courses are available by distance education.

Program overview

The Faculty of Science is committed to providing its students with a quality education emphasizing personal attention, choice and flexibility. In the Bachelor of Science program, students can expect opportunities for practical, hands-on experience across a spectrum of science disciplines in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. In addition, there are opportunities for students to work with nationally and internationally recognized professor-researchers in their research laboratories.

The BSc is a rigorous program that provides students with both depth and breadth in their science education. Communication skills and computer literacy are promoted. Flexibility in the program allows students to pursue interests in disciplines outside their area of specialization.

TRU offers three routes to a BSc degree: a major in a specific discipline or disciplines, an honours program in a specific discipline (currently available only in biology, chemical biology, mathematics and computing science), or a general science degree.

Many of our graduates are highly successful and have gone on to science careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, medical genetics, elementary and high school teaching, resource management, high tech industry, biotechnology, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, wildlife management, respiratory therapy and more. A significant number of TRU Science graduates have been very successful in graduate schools and have received NSERC scholarships to continue their studies.


Co-operative education option

Co-operative education allows students to integrate academic studies with paid periods of relevant experience. Students alternate between periods of oncampus, full-time study, and work terms, which are full-time, paid employment.

BSc students majoring in biology (animal, general, cellular, molecular and microbial, ecology and environmental biology), chemical biology, chemistry (chemistry or environmental chemistry), physics, mathematics or computing science must apply to enter a co-op education option in their program.

Admission to the BSc co-op option is limited. Students will be chosen by a selection committee based on grades, completion of specific courses in the discipline, previous work and volunteer experience and a letter of application.


International experiences

Study Abroad

TRU offers a range of international exchange opportunities, and is a member of a large, international Study Abroad program that gives students access to universities around the world.

International field schools

TRU offers a number of general and program-specific field schools every year. These schools run from two to six weeks in length and offer course credit that can be applied to your degree.


Admission Requirements

Major Prerequisites
  • Biology (all majors)
  • General Science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biology 11 or 12 with C+ or better
  • Chemistry 11 or Chem 0500
  • Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12 with a C+ or better within the past 2 years or equivalent
  • Computing Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry 11 or Chem 0500
  • Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12 with a C+ or better within the past two years or equivalent
  • Physics 11 or Physics 1130

These are the minimum requirements. Several major programs recommend courses with more stringent prerequisite requirements. Prospective students should become familiar with the course requirements for their intended major and consult the individual course descriptions for specific prerequisite requirements.

Students may upgrade their prerequisites while enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program.


Application deadlines

Applications are accepted starting Oct. 1, for programs starting in August or September the following year.

Early application deadline: March 1
Best course selection with highest priority for early July course registrations.

Regular deadline: April 30
Registration for courses will be available in July.

Late application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the beginning of the fall/September semester. However, students will only be admitted and allowed to register in courses as space permits.

To ensure a good selection of courses, it is recommended that applicants apply as soon as possible after Oct. 1.


Program advising

Students in the first and second years of the BSc program should choose their 1000-2000 level courses in consultation with an academic advisor in order to meet the basic requirements.